It was gathered that the Anambra State Government has ordered principals of public secondary schools in the state to immediately refund all illegal levies collected from students or face sanctions.
The Chairman of the state Post Primary Schools Services Commission, Mrs. Joy Ulasi, announced this in a joint management meeting with principals of schools held at the commission’s headquarters in Awka monday.
It was gathered that this might not be unconnected with the abolition of some taxes and levies in the state as measures to cushion the effect of the economic downtown in the country on the people by Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
A statement by the commission’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Felix Uzor, warned that “henceforth any principal whose act would constitute sabotage to Obiano’s recession relief package would be removed as a school principal.”
The statement said: “She directed the principals of all secondary schools in the state to refund to the students any levy collected without approval letter on or before October, 12.
The statement read in part, “The chairman of Anambra State Post Primary Service Commission, Lady Joy Ulasi has announced ban on collection of machetes and hoes from any student in public secondary schools in the state for the next three years, as well as other items not expressly approved.
“Schools should make judicious use of the matches and hoes collected from students in previous years to do manual labour in schools.
The President of Association of Principals of Secondary schools in the state, Victor, had in his remarks warned those he called “bad eggs” among principals to desist from soiling the names of majority of the principals who had worked so hard to place Anambra tops on the academic map.